Getting Ready To Leave This World by Steve Wagers

Getting Ready to Leave this World
Steve Wagers
II Timothy 4:6-8

INTRODUCTION

Everyone of one of in this room today have one thing in common. We may not be in the same income bracket, wear the same clothes, drive the same type of automobile, or go to the same church. But, there is one thing that we all have in common, and that is, everyone of us have a date with death. It may not come at the same moment, in the same circumstance, or with the same sickness; but, rest assured, everyone of us is headed that way.

I think of the late, great, former heavyweight boxing champion Mohammed Ali. When he denied a comeback at the age of 39, he said, "I ain't worried about the spotlight. I ain't worried about the money. I aint' worried about all the heavyweights today who can't fight. I ain't worried about nothing today but being immortal.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news to the champ, but he, nor anyone else is immortal. For, death is as certain as ice is cold, fire is hot, and water is wet. It is coming!

Here, in II Timothy 4, we see Paul "Getting Ready To Leave This World," however, there are some things about his encounter with death that I call your attention to.

1. THE FATE THAT HE ANTICIPATED

1. Notice Paul says, in verse 6, "I am now ready to be offered." To Paul, death was a certain as the nose on his face. There was a fate that he anticipated.

2. Paul not only realized that death was certain, but it was close. It was at hand.

3. There was a date in his Daytimer. There was a event on his calendar. His time had come, and there was a Fate that He Anticipated!

1. THE FATE THAT HE ANTICIPATED

2. THE FEAR THAT HE ALLEVIATED

1. As you read Paul's words to Timothy, one of the things that stands out in my mind is the fact that there appears to be no fear on the part of Paul.

2. Again, he says, "I am now ready to be offered, the time of my departure is at hand."

3. Then, he goes on to give us his resume. ...


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